Monday, October 28, 2013

Who knew...

That picking out a wedding dress would be the easiest choice ever, while picking out bridesmaid dresses would be a nightmare.  I found my dress on etsy and fell in love in a second.  I ordered it the next day and when it came it fit like a dream, nothing needed to be done at all!

Bridesmaid dresses have been a whole other story.  I want to make sure my bridesmaids will wear the dress again and actually like it, which is a bit tough when there are five ladies who don't all have the same style. There's quite a long facebook message where I went back and forth between quite a few dresses.  A few weeks ago I was pretty sure I had found the perfect dress to meet all of the requirements. So we ordered them! Just so you know one of my ladies is currently in France so we wanted to make sure this was the one!

Well the dresses showed up a few days ago and the sizes were all crazy.  As in 3 girls could only fit into a size 8 but they couldn't fit in the size 10... makes perfect sense right? We're now trying to figure out how best to make things work.  We're a bit worried about trying to return the dresses and having incorrect sizes sent once again.

Any idea as to how much alterations cost or a way to make an unzippable dress zip? Any advice is much appreciated, it's a pretty frustrating situation especially when i feel pretty darn useless all the way in Arizona!


Friday, August 30, 2013

Finding the right spot...

So as you know about 7 months ago I moved to wild wild west.  Well, Ben followed me and we love our new life here in Arizona.   So when we got engaged, one of our biggest questions was do we have the wedding in our new home, or back in Georgia.

We ultimately decided it was more cost effective to have the wedding in Georgia, since that way we would most likely be the only ones flying in.  Then the hunt was on for the perfect wedding venue.  We knew we wanted to be married outside and we were very drawn to the idea of a rustic or southern wedding.  Since Georgia is, well Georgia, it wasn't tough to find a variety of outside venues and most of them were basically perfect... except for the price tag! Most of the venues were in between 4 and 6 thousand... completely out of our price range.  We literally spent an entire weekend researching different venues, trying to find one that fit our style and our price range.

We went back and forth between a state park, a barn, and a garden center for quite some time.  After a bit of researching and googling we decided against the state park due to weather concerns and the fact it was in the middle of nowhere. It was down to the Rock Barn and the Marietta Garden Center, both located in Marietta, GA.  After looking at every picture I possibly could on both venue's webpages and facebooks, I was definitely leaning more towards the barn.  So of course I asked my beautiful mom to go check them out for me.  She and my step dad went on a hunt and took tons of pictures.  After hearing their opinions and looking through the pictures we had found our venue.  We will be getting married at the Marietta Garden Center!

 It only cost $1000 to rent it out from 7:30 - 11:00, so it was definitely a steal! If all goes well with the weather, we will be able to get married under the gazebo and have a gorgeous wedding picnic.  If not, we still have a gorgeous inside area for all of our festivities.  This was definitely the hardest part of planning so far and I am so happy to have everything set in stone.  Now it's on to the more exciting things, like our invitations and decorations!

Here's to happy wedding planning!
- Liz

Monday, August 19, 2013

Save the dates and your money!

So, I can't lie, Ben and I had been talking about getting married for a while.  So much so, that he had basically said by the end of next year, 2014, I'd be wifed up.  So of course, thanks to Pinterest, I had been browsing some different save the date ideas and thinking about taking awesome engagement photos when the day came.

Well the day came, and I realized we're not broke, but we certainly don't have a ton of money to shell out for a wedding and especially engagement photos.  Then I stumbled upon this bad boy. It was perfect.  I made up a template pretty similar to the one on the site and we spent an afternoon in the Arizona heat, trying to capture the perfect photo to use.  I am beyond excited about how they ended up!

I'm working on documenting my wedding better so sorry about the crummy picture to start.  I promise the photos will get better!

We spent $17 ordering the photo sticker books and shipping and probably $5 for the card stock.  Overall this was super easy and super cheap.  I've also had a ton of positive feedback from relatives and friends!  Even my great aunt, who is 93, understood and loved them.

So there's the first installment of my wedding DIY, hope you'll stick around for some of the later developments.  We have invitations in the works along with lots of wonderful decorations!

- Liz

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I'm getting married!

So obviously, I had to jump back on the bloggin train to document every part of my super DIY and budget friendly wedding!

We got engaged about 2 weeks ago and we've spent a lot of time deciding what we want for our wedding, and I cannot wait for it to actually be here.  I've already completed a few projects that I will have to post in the near future.

But for now, I'm headed to go do some hiking, because let's get real the wedding is about 7 months away and eating brownies for dinner, doesn't do the body good.